Pink Dal

Created by: Brennan McConnell-Griner

Total prep + cook time: 45 mins

Serves: 4-6 people

Spice level: Medium

Part A

2/3 cup pink Masoor lentils

2 2/3 cups water

2 tomatoes (chopped)

1 onion (chopped)

2 teaspoons salt

Cook above items in pressure cooker for two steams (if you have a pressure cooker that steams, rests, and steams again) or for 15 minutes with a consistent steam. Allow to cool.  When ready, loosen top.

Meanwhile…

Part B

4 cloves garlic (chopped)

1 inch ginger (chopped)

1 whole dry chili

1 stem curry leaf (Can find at small Indian grocery stores)

1/2 teaspoon black mustard seed

1/2 teaspoon grey cumin seed

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon oil

 Cilantro leaves (for garnish)

* Place a small “fry” bowl over a low flame. 

* Place oil and mustard seeds in the bowl. 

* When seeds start popping… add chili, garlic, ginger & cumin seeds.

* When the garlic begins to brown, add curry leaf, then turmeric.

* Remove fry bowl from flame, and immerse bowl and contents into cooked lentil mix.  Hold pressure cooker lid over the pot to catch the steam and flavors.  You should notice a smoky, rich flavor in the steam that escapes. 

* Dal is ready to serve and is nice with cilantro as a garnish.